Draft redevelopment brief for prominent site

Draft redevelopment brief for prominent site Image

PEOPLE living near a city landmark, known to generations of Dundonians could be consulted on the future use of the site.

Maryfield House, a former nurses’ residence when part of the Maryfield Hospital complex has been declared surplus to requirements by NHS Tayside.

Now city planners are asking councillors to back a consultation on a blueprint for the location that will encourage development of a mixture of house types to the west of Mains Loan and east of Arklay Terrace. A report to Dundee City Council’s city development committee is recommending consultation on a draft planning brief calling for new housing on the one hectare site.

Bill Campbell depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “As part of the process of creating a planning brief for the site we want to listen to the views of local people who can see and live with the area on a daily basis.

“I am confident that the final planning brief will help to find a positive use for this high quality redevelopment opportunity that we would like to see worked up as soon as possible.”

According to the draft brief, to be considered by councillors on Monday (January 23) the site contains a number of existing properties, none of which are of particular architectural merit and therefore provide an opportunity for demolition and redevelopment.

It goes on to say that housing is the preferred option for the site with a mix of types and sizes including detached and semi-detached reflecting the density of surrounding dwellings.

Developers looking to build at the former hospital site, which is adjacent to Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), will be encouraged to incorporate features of the existing built environment such as the stone wall to the west of the site and use the south facing slope to take advantage of natural light.

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